1. Kootenai County Sheriff pays late fees to get explicit material away from minors
We’ve heard from parents across the state who are outraged that their local libraries keep refusing to restrict children’s access to obscene library materials.
Sheriff Bob Norris (R-Kootenai County) shares their frustration—and he’s had enough.
“I was a little bit shocked and disturbed on what I found,” the sheriff said after visiting the Hayden and Post Falls libraries in April.
In response, Sheriff Norris checked out some obscene titles indefinitely, saying that he would rather pay late fees on the overdue books than risk having minors be exposed to harmful materials.
Sheriff Norris isn’t alone in believing that children should be protected from library smut. Nearly 75% of likely Idaho voters believe that libraries should restrict access to obscene materials, according to a public opinion poll conducted by Idaho Family Policy Center earlier this year.
Despite this overwhelming public support for policy change, Governor Brad Little chose to veto the Children’s School and Library Protection Act earlier this year.
It’s high time for some much-needed reform. As Sheriff Norris wisely pointed out, “We don’t want to expose children to sex and/or trauma at an early age because it’s very, very harmful mentally.”
Kudos to the sheriff for his willingness to stand for impressionable children!
2. The Biden administration fails to stop Idaho abortion law from going into effect
Laws defending the preborn are under fire. Consider, for example, the Idaho Trigger law (now called the Defense of Life Act) that is facing a legal challenge from the pro-abortion fanatics in the Biden administration.
In a lawsuit filed last summer, the Biden administration asked a federal court to rule that the Idaho Trigger law violates the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), a federal law which ensures that patients receive stabilizing care in emergency rooms.
Initially, U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill blocked a portion of the law, thereby allowing emergency room abortions even when the mother’s life isn’t threatened.
But thankfully, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals intervened last week, allowing the law to go into full effect pending appeal.
As the appeals court noted in its opinion, EMTALA “does not set standards of care or specifically mandate that certain procedures, such as abortion, be offered [in emergency rooms].”
For that reason, “the federal government has no discernable interest in regulating the internal medical affairs of [Idaho], and the public interest is best served by preserving the force and effect of a duly enacted Idaho law during the pendency of this appeal,” the court ruled.
Nice try, Biden. Idaho’s protections for the unborn will stay strong.
3. More federal courts vindicate state laws banning sex changes for kids
Here’s another major court victory: more federal appeals courts are affirming that state bans on sex change drugs and surgeries for gender-confused children pass constitutional muster.
Last week the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld child protection laws in Kentucky and Tennessee, ruling that the laws do not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
All of this is good news for gender dysphoric children in Idaho, where a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of our Vulnerable Child Protection Act – which was drafted by Idaho Family Policy Center and championed by Rep. Bruce Skaug (R-Nampa) and Sen. Lori Den Hartog (R-Meridian) – continues to play out.
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